Thursday, December 16

Carbon-based salt bloats

"If a soldier has experienced a betrayal of what's right by those in charge, their capacity for social trust can be impaired for the rest of their lives."--VA psychiatrist Jonathan Shay There's an incredible article this month in the Santa Fe Reporter that really gets into the vast increase in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the Iraq War veteran community. It's a pretty bleak assessment of the situation, but one that must be read. Meanwhile, down in south Mississippi, the Sun Herald is running a story about Trent Lott's current sentiments regarding Rumsfeld's latest gaffe: "I'm not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld," Lott, R-Mississippi, told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning. "I don't think he listens enough to his uniformed officers." It's a start, I suppose. And now, for something completely ridiculous from one of my favorite hacks, Peggy Noonan:
It is this: Stop the war on religious expression in America. Have Terry McAuliffe come forward and announce that the Democratic Party knows that a small group of radicals continue to try to "scrub" such holidays as Christmas from the public square. They do this while citing the Constitution, but the Constitution does not say it is wrong or impolite to say "Merry Christmas" or illegal to have a crèche in the public square. The Constitution says we have freedom of religion, not from religion. Have Terry McAuliffe announce that from here on in the Democratic Party is on the side of those who want religion in the public square, and the Ten Commandments on the courthouse wall for that matter. Then he should put up a big sign that says "Merry Christmas" on the sidewalk in front of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters on South Capitol Street. The Democratic Party should put itself on the side of Christmas, and Hanukkah, and the fact of transcendent faith.
WOW. I'm glad she's joined in the conversation that was so graciously brough forth by the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and that rat-bastard, Brent Bozell. I totally want a ride inside the zero-gravity neocon echo-chamber for Christmas this year.

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